Jaguar Conservation

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founded in 1997
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Coordinator | Bella
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Highlights

Live and work at a research station in the middle of a Costa Rican national park.
Visit an incredibly jaguar-dense area and one of the only locations in the world where jaguars are known to prey on adult sea turtles.
Contribute to jaguar research by setting up and checking camera traps in the rainforest.
Observe Costa Rican wildlife species in their natural habitats, including sea turtles on the Carribean beach, and monkeys, neo-tropical birds, and amphibians in the canopies above rainforest canals.
Learn biodiversity survey techniques and gain real field experience.
Discover the Costa Rica rainforest and assist in the research of the endangered Jaguars. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Groups
50+
Assist in the protection of endangered Jaguars, whilst living and working in Costa Rica’s rainforest. Since the 1950's the population of Jaguars within the Americas has plummeted from over 400,000 to an estimated 14,000 now.

During your stay, you will not only contribute to the preservation of the elusive jaguar, but you will join a team contributing to the development and management of long-term wildlife conservation efforts along Central America’s Caribbean coast.

Habitat and food source degradation as a result of human activity are the major threats to jaguar populations. Through the correlation of jaguar prey species, jaguar feeding behaviour and population numbers, this project helps the Costa Rican Ministry of Environment to develop well rounded and consistent conservation policies.

You should also expect to be involved in further research projects according to the requirements on the ground at any time. This could include marine turtle monitoring (March – October) of nesting green, leatherback and hawksbills sea turtles; or bird monitoring and the research of 30 key aquatic species to collect long-term seasonal trend data on resident and migratory birds.

Due to the fact that we are working in a National Park, we need to have a special scientific permit to conduct research so you will be asked for some papers to be able to process it. It is a fairly simple process however we need to submit the documents at least 10 weeks before your project start date.

Through training and hands on practical experience you will learn learn technical skills that could assist you in pursuing a future career in conservation, or soft skills like intercultural team communication that will assist you in any other vocational path you might choose. 

Typical day

Upon arrival to base, you will be educated about the history of the UN SDGs. You will learn about the specific goals of your location, the long-, mid- and short-term objectives, and also clarification of how your personal, shorter-term involvement contributes to these goals on a global level.

Program Focuses:
  • Jaguar feeding behaviour and population studies; surveys will include a weekly 15 mile walk on the beach to monitor the levels of marine turtle predation. There is more actvity during Turtle nesting season (March-October), but the program runs all year.
  • Using camera traps to identify individual jaguars present in the Jalova area and their feeding behaviours in relation to marine turtles 
  • We are also collecting Jaguar scats (faeces) for feeding and genetic studies.
  • Volunteers will also take part in some of the other surveys carried out on base; this is dependent on the time of the year; but may include marine turtle, canal/shore bird, or amphibian monitoring, or general biodiversity/incidental sighting surveys, but will have priority in the Jaguar surveys
  • Volunteers get training on all species and surveys, so they go out on Forest biodiversity, birds, incidentals and turtle surveys. You  normally go out on 1 or 2 surveys a day, except when you stay on base to do chores.  

Free-time activities

Given your isolated location, a lot of your down time will be spent on base, the rainforest is not a place to go wondering! However there are still some possibilities in the immediate area for you to make the most of your time in Costa Rica. You can visit Tortuguero Village, browse its small souvenir shops, visit the delicious bakery and just watch the world go lazily by.

For longer term volunteers on long weekend breaks, you could decide to head off base and further explore the Caribbean region. Hiking, snorkelling, fishing, or canopy and zip-line tours are just some of the activities that are possible in the area. For something a bit more intense, you could raft on the white waters of the famous Pacuare River on class III to IV rapids over the course of 1- or 2-day trips. And if the adventure activities are not for you, then simply relax in a laidback Caribbean village!

Before and after your program you could explore the rest of Costa Rica, or travel onwards throughout Latin America. Buses are cheap but basic, and regional flights are relatively affordable. With so much culture and adventure it's sometimes hard to know where to start – the possibilities are endless! 

Travelling around the region is possible by bus with connecting services from Caño Blanco to cities across the country. It is useful to know that street addresses are not really used or known in Costa Rica - landmarks are used instead. 


Water Sports
Swimming
Sightseeing
Diving/
Snorkling
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Climbing
Hiking
Sports

Program Requirements

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (fluently)
Criminal Background Check
required
Required Documents
CV professionally translated into Spanish, Passport copy, Professional passport sized photo and Medical Form
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Language:
English is the predominant language spoken on base and volunteers will need to be fluent to get the most out of the program. Also due to H&S understanding fluency is required, Spanish is not required but would be beneficial for when off base.

Fitness level:
Volunteers will need strong fitness levels.
Walking on soft sand is very physically demanding and volunteers may be required to walk as much as 20 miles in a single day and will be carrying out surveys 6 days a week.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday

Included Services

Services by Global Vision International (GVI)

What's Included

  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • Access to Alumni Services and Discounts
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • Location orientation
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Meals while on project (except on work placements for long term internships)
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • Welcome meeting

What's Not Included

  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • Flights
  • International and domestic airport taxes
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Personal items and toiletries
  • Police or background check
  • Visa costs (where necessary)

Airport Pickup at Juan Santamaria International Airport

Most volunteers arrange international flights to arrive at Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose (IATA code: SJO) at least one day before expedition starts. If you are arriving between 6pm and 10pm on the evening before the start date, transfers will be arranged. Those arriving outside of this time, or arriving to San Jose by other means, will be responsible their own transport to Hostel Casa Colon (meeting point on Saturday start date).

Accommodation

Accommodation is in shared (mixed sex) dorms with shared bathroom facilities at the field station. There is running water available for washing and cooking, with suitable water for drinking and brushing teeth. Supplies are limited and usage may be restricted when necessary. Bucket-flush toilet facilities are available, and participants share responsibility for base duties, including cooking, cleaning, and other chores. 

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

Volunteers take it in turns to prepare meals for the group. Food is very basic and mostly vegetarian, with meat rarely available. Breakfast could be porridge or occasionally pancakes, typical lunches and evening meals may include lentils, chickpeas, pasta, beans, or rice, with vegetables. Fresh fruit is provided each afternoon.

Internet Access
Sorry, no access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) in San Jose. We assist you to find cheap flights to Costa Rica.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Costa Rica provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Costa Rica you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Costa Rica.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

All programs start on specific Saturday starting dates. 

From the end of November through to January the program will not be operating and the base will be closed. 
The starting dates set out below are all guaranteed departures:
 
  • 2019
  • 06 Apr 2019
    20 Apr 2019
    04 May 2019
    18 May 2019
    01 Jun 2019
    15 Jun 2019
    29 Jun 2019
    13 Jul 2019
    27 Jul 2019
    10 Aug 2019
    24 Aug 2019
    07 Sep 2019
    21 Sep 2019
    05 Oct 2019
    19 Oct 2019
    02 Nov 2019
    16 Nov 2019
  • 2020
  • 08 Feb 2020
    22 Feb 2020
    07 Mar 2020
    21 Mar 2020
    04 Apr 2020
    18 Apr 2020
    02 May 2020
    16 May 2020
    30 May 2020
    13 Jun 2020
    27 Jun 2020
    11 Jul 2020
    25 Jul 2020
    08 Aug 2020
    22 Aug 2020
    05 Sep 2020
    19 Sep 2020
    03 Oct 2020
    17 Oct 2020
    31 Oct 2020
    14 Nov 2020
    28 Nov 2020

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
2 - 12 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in EUR (USD)
2 weeks (min. stay)
€1,945 ($2,256)
4 weeks
€2,935 ($3,405)
6 weeks
€3,665 ($4,251)
8 weeks
€4,395 ($5,098)
10 weeks
€5,125 ($5,945)
12 weeks (max. stay)
€5,315 ($6,165)
Average fees
€708 ($821) /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Global Vision International (GVI) will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Global Vision International (GVI) during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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